Jerpoint Abbey

Located on the banks of the River Arrigle about 2km from Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Jerpoint Abbey was founded in 1158.

Location

Thomastown, Co Kilkenny

History

Located on the banks of the River Arrigle about 2km from Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Jerpoint Abbey was founded in 1158. In Medieval times there was a town of Jerpoint but this had fallen into ruin by the seventeenth century. Jerpoint Abbey is regarded as one of the most interesting Cistercian ruins in Ireland . It offers a unique insight into the lives of the monks because many of its domestic arrangements are still recognisable.

The abbey was self-sufficient and had its own gardens, watermills, cemetery, granary and kitchens. The oldest parts of the abbey are the Irish-Romanesque transepts and chancel, which contains faded wall paintings. The east window dates from the 14th century and the fantastic central tower was added in the 15th century.

Wooden steps still follow the run of the night stairs. By going up them, you will reach the roof and can look down on the Dublin-Waterford railway. The restored cloister piers carry carvings which are similar to the drawings found on Medieval manuscripts. The abbey was dissolved in 1540 and its 1880 acres were presented to the Earl of Ormonde.

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Opening Times

November Daily 10:00-16:00
Mid September - October Daily 10:00-17:00
June - Mid September Daily 09:30-18:30
March - May Daily 10:00-17:00
Last tour 1 hour before closing time.

Visit Length

1hr 30mins

Admission

Adult EUR 2.75 Child EUR 1.25 Student EUR 1.25 Senior EUR 2.00 Family EUR 7.00 Group EUR 2.00

Information

Leaflets: Yes Guided Tours: Yes Audio Visual: Yes Exhibition: Yes

Facilities

Restaurant: Yes Car Park: Yes Coach Park: Yes Disabled Access: Yes

Opening Times

November Daily 10:00-16:00
Mid September - October Daily 10:00-17:00
June - Mid September Daily 09:30-18:30
March - May Daily 10:00-17:00
Last tour 1 hour before closing time.

Facilities

Restaurant: Yes Car Park: Yes Coach Park: Yes Disabled Access: Yes

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